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J&K DGP Swain: Foreign Mercenaries Fuel Terror in Border Regions

Doda/Jammu, Jul 6: The adversary across the border is utilizing foreign mercenaries to instill fear among the people and sustain terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, police chief R.R. Swain stated on Saturday. Swain, the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police, affirmed that his force, in collaboration with other security agencies, is committed and determined to eradicate terrorism in the Union Territory.

Addressing reporters in Doda after promoting seven special police officers (SPOs) to constables for their exceptional bravery during a recent anti-terrorist operation in the Gandoh area of the district, the police chief highlighted the strong cooperation between the public and security forces. He emphasized that it is only a matter of time before terrorists are completely eliminated.

Three foreign terrorists were killed in a gunfight in the Gandoh area of the Doda district on June 26. This marked the first encounter in Gandoh in over a decade. Without directly naming Pakistan, Swain said, “Our adversary and enemy has posed a challenge, believing they can exploit the border area by sending foreign terrorists to revive militancy and create fear among the people.”

He added, “These foreign terrorists are not in large numbers, and we are fully committed to defeating them, as we have done in the past, with the support of other forces and the cooperation of the public.” The DGP, accompanied by Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Vijay Kumar and ADGP (Jammu zone) Anand Jain, pointed out that these foreign mercenaries are lawless, involved in mass killings, and extorting resources without payment to instill fear and force the public into submission and disorder. However, he assured that their objective cannot be achieved because the people stand with the security forces.

Swain reiterated the dedication of the police and its security partners to defeating the terrorists with the active support of village defense guards, SPOs, and the general populace. He expressed confidence that the terrorists will be eliminated in due course. “The policy to fight terrorists is well-established, but we aim to elevate it by honoring acts of bravery by police personnel who protect the public against terrorists, thereby boosting morale,” he said.

The motive behind Saturday’s function, he explained, was to instill pride in the family, community, and citizens regarding those who work tirelessly for national security and to recognize the bravery of these individuals. Discussing the deployment of newly trained border battalion jawans, Swain mentioned that their primary duties include intelligence gathering, swift response to terrorist activities, and coordination with local communities to ensure that any infiltrators are apprehended or neutralized before they can return to their origins.

He clarified that these jawans would not be stationed on the front lines but would work within villages, coordinating with Village Defense Guards (VDGs) and SPOs to enhance the anti-infiltration grid. During the event, the DGP honored a total of 32 police personnel, including two officers, for their significant contributions in the recent encounter. He also presented promotion letters to the SPOs who were elevated to constables within the police department.